Fund administrators donate technology to ICCI classroom

The International College of the
Cayman Islands will outfit a state-of-the-art classroom in its new business
building, scheduled to break ground in November, thanks to a $9,000 donation
from the Cayman Islands Fund Administrators Association.

The new classroom will include
best-practice teaching tools, such as a smart board, projector and a laptop,
similar to the technology tools used in the business world.

Since its inception, CIFAA has
focused its sponsorship and donations on education initiatives. Sponsoring a
classroom with advanced technology at the International College, a non-profit
institution with internationally recognised accreditation, was a natural fit
for the association, said CIFAA treasurer Greg Bennett.

“It is with great pleasure that we
donate the funds for the construction of a new business classroom, particularly
at a time when the International College is both expanding and celebrating 40
years of providing high quality and affordable education to the Cayman
Islands,” said Mr. Bennett.

“Supporting initiatives that expand
and improve on local educational opportunities, particularly those related to
business, is also beneficial to our member firms. It is essential that we continue
to attract and retain the most talented financial professionals in order to
service our international clients,” added Mr. Bennett.

Michelle Cullen, CIFAA executive
committee member said: “From the moment CIFAA received information from the
International College on their need for assistance in further developing their
campus; we were excited about the opportunity to assist.”

As the business environment has
become more competitive in recent years, more students are enrolling in the
accounting, finance, banking and management programmes to meet the demands in
the employers’ market, said International College president John Cummings.

“Every year, more students,
especially mature students, are enrolling at the International College and it
is at the point where we have simply run out of classroom space,” said Dr.
Cummings. “We have even converted offices into classrooms to fit in more business
courses. CIFAA’s generous sponsorship of a state-of-the-art classroom for the
new business building will have a long-lasting impact on education on this

Using state-of-the-art technology
such as a smart board in the classroom provides instructors with a modern
interactive tool, combining the power of a computer with the simplicity of a
whiteboard similar to CNN’s magic map used by John King, said International
College dean Scott Cummings.

“But it won’t just be a tool for
instructors. This will also give students a chance to adopt the smart board for
presentations made in class and then use it in the business environment,” the
dean said.

“We are extremely grateful to CIFAA
for their generous donation in support of tertiary education at the
International College. Without the help of organisations like CIFAA, a nonprofit
institution like the International College would not be able to provide its
students the type of education environment that best meets their needs,” added
the dean.